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Summertime Blues

In the opening lines to the classic country song, Summertime Blues – Well I’m a gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler; About workin’ all summer just to try an’ earn a dollar – the singer laments his lack of freedom and that he can’t enjoy the summer because he has to work. Today, following […]

World Cider Day 3 June 2021

Coinciding with World Cider Day – 3 June 2021 – award-winning Napton Cidery has launched a limited edition cider to mark launch of their new taproom. The day has been a long time coming for the owners of Napton Cidery, whose grand opening plans were cancelled due to the first Covid-19 lockdown. During the lockdown Jolyon […]

Boost for hospitality sector

At Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine we’re delighted to see so many cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants starting to re-open, in line with the latest government advice, but we know that according to the Morning Advertiser three in five pubs remain closed. Whilst it is very good news for the operators of those venues that can […]

Ramsbury Vodka takes gold

Ramsbury Estates’ Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka has just been named as the Best Spirit of the Year and best Vodka of the Year award at the 2021 London Spirits Competition. The distillery that produces the award-winning vodka is based in the village of Ramsbury, at the heart of the 19,000-acre Ramsbury Estate, where the spirit […]

The end of virtual events

Montgomery Group has welcomed PM Boris Johnson’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ as the business prepares for the return of live events in the second half of 2021.  The company’s food, drink and hospitality division, which organises trade events including Hotel, Restaurant & Catering, International Food & Drink Event, IFE Manufacturing Solutions, Independent Hotel Show and Speciality […]

Pubs to re-open after Easter

During Boris Johnson’s much-anticipated statement to the Commons, in which he set out the first stage of the so-called roadmap to easing the lockdown, he announced that restaurants, pubs and cafes could open ‘no earlier than’ 12 April, but only if they have a beer garden or an outside dining area. By 17 May it […]

Pubs ‘likely’ to re-open in April

Impatience is growing amongst backbench MPs who are calling for the hospitality sector to be re-opened in time for Easter, which this year falls on Sunday 4 April. Industry leaders are also calling for a lifting of restrictions that have had a devastating impact on the once thriving leisure and hospitality sector. 160 CEOs have […]

Cidery’s funding campaign

The owners of Warwickshire-based Napton Cidery – an award-winning family-run cider producer – have launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help kickstart the post-pandemic recovery of their business. Jolyon and Charlotte Olivier are inviting member of the public to apply for at least £40,000 in shares of their business, which has lost more than £100,000 […]

Better news for hospitality

A number of British hospitality associations, including the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), UKHospitality and the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) have welcomed the Supreme Court’s recent decision that many business interruption insurance policyholders will be able to claim for losses due to the on-going COVID-19 restrictions.   The Supreme Court ruling is likely […]

Move over gin?

Gin has been the undoubted drink, probably of the decade, but all good things come to an end, or so the adage has it. But if gin’s popularity is starting to wane, what is in the ascendance? By all accounts, it’s going to be rum, whose rise in popularity has been steady, but consistent. The […]